Battered woman held hostage in bathroom clawed through wall to escape

Domestic abuser Curtis Scott held his victim hostage in her bathroom, forcing the woman to claw her way through its wall to escape (Picture: Hamilton County Justice Center)

A domestic abuse victim held hostage in her own bathroom managed to claw through its wall to escape. The unnamed woman used her bare hands to scratch through the wall in July 2019, after Curtis Scott, 45, locked her inside the room at her apartment in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Scott, who was convicted of kidnapping and felony assault earlier this week, was beating the woman when she managed to break free, and locked herself in the bathroom. He fired a shot through its door, then tried unsuccessfully to break his way in.

But the woman’s ordeal was far from over, with Scott warning her that he would shoot and kill her if she attempted to flee, or call for help. Prosecutor Joe Deters said: ‘The victim endured a horrible beating at the hands of Scott. She was able to eventually get away from him and lock herself in her bathroom.

‘Scott held her hostage for 16 hours. The victim literally clawed her way through her bathroom wall and contacted neighbors to alert the police.’

Deters told the Cincinnati Enquirer that a video of the woman being beaten was ‘one of the most disturbing videos I have ever seen.’

After escaping the bathroom, the woman contacted police. Scott fled the scene before cops and a SWAT team could arrive to apprehend him. He spent three weeks on the run before finally being apprehended last August.

Scott will be sentenced on Friday, and faces up to 22 years behind bars for his crimes. Praising the victim for bringing her abuser to justice, Deters said: ‘(She) was a star witness in the trial.

‘I am always amazed at the strength of victims to survive ordeals such as this and then to have the courage to confront their abuser in court. With this verdict, justice prevailed.’

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